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Nobody Flunks Out

 

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Shalabi says students stick it out through graduation thanks to "our smaller numbers. We are able to work with each student individually. Whenever a student is not performing, we have plans in place that involve the teachers, administration, and parents to make sure they graduate."

Only two of the thirty-six teachers are Muslim, the opposite of the student mix. "We get our teachers from all over," Shalabi says, "from Pinckney, Howell, Ann Arbor, Egypt, all over."

Kristie King-Freyre came to Central Academy fourteen years ago after teaching at high schools in Houghton and Hudson. "I left the public schools because I was frustrated with the bureaucracy," she says. "And I love it here. I love these students."

"During spring break, Ms. King-Freyre called a student who didn't turn in a project on time and came in on her own time to finish it with the student," Shalabi confirms. With teachers chasing students down, no wonder it's hard to flunk out.    (end of article)

[Originally published in June, 2012.]

 

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